Algiers Development District Identifies New Operator for Fitness Center at Federal City

Monday, June 08, 2015

New Orleans, La. – The Algiers Development District (ADD) announced today that a committee of their board will work to finalize an agreement with Ochsner Health System which has been selected to take over as operator of the Fitness Center located at Federal City. The Ochsner Fitness Center, which has operated the facility since 2012, will assist leaders of ADD and Ochsner in the transition.

“ADD’s first priority is to the Algiers community and the people of Federal City,” said ADD Chairman, Jeff Arnold. “Our main goal, after the Ochsner Fitness Centernotified us of their decision and their timeline, was to ensure no disruption in services to the 2,300 members that use the facility daily as a fitness center and, next, to identify an operator with a successful track record and business model. We think this agreement with Ochsner accomplishes both of those needs.”

Multiple local and national entities expressed interest in operating the fitness facility at Federal City, which currently has 800 member units of single and family members (2,300 individuals). All parties that expressed interest and who opted to compete for the facility management role were required to submit a detailed proposal and were given equal consideration prior to determining a new operator.

Ochsner Health System is committed to working with all parties involved to ensure a smooth transition for all members and as many employees as possible.

“On behalf of Ochsner Health System, we are excited to enter into this partnership with ADD, and we very much appreciate the opportunity to become a valued member of the Algiers community. We view this as a long-term investment in the Federal City project and are committed to serving the fitness needs of the Greater New Orleans area for many years to come,” said David M. Gaines, Ochsner CEO, System Retail Services & SVP, Public Affairs.

About the Algiers Development District

The Algiers Development District is a special taxing district created by state legislation in 2003 to promote economic development within the city’s 15th ward. Primary areas of focus for ADD include development of Federal City, combatting blight and vacant property, facilitating road construction and repair and improving the quality of life for residents of the Algiers community of New Orleans."

About New Orleans Federal City

Comprised of 156 acres, Federal City is a public-private mixed-use development located on the former Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans and offers a mix of administrative, commercial, R&D, residential, and recreational opportunities. The property has approximately 800,000 square feet of existing structures available for adaptive reuse, as well as significant open space for build to suit facilities.

About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 13 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across nine specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide each year Ochsner employs more than 15,000 employees, nearly 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.